Friday, July 22, 2011

Home Base Program receives $1.1M grant and top award

Honoring Home Base: Representatives from the Committee for ESGR presented the Seven Seals Award to leadership from the Red Sox, Red Sox Foundation and Home Base Program on July 7.

Fans were thrilled on July 8 when the Boston Red Sox scored eight runs in the first inning against the Baltimore Orioles and went on to win 10-3. The excitement, however, had started even before the first pitch at Fenway Park. During an on-field, pregame ceremony, officials from the Red Sox Foundation and the MGH celebrated a $1.1 million national grant awarded to the Red Sox Foundation and Mass General Home Base Program by the McCormick Foundation and Major League Baseball (MLB). The two-year grant, which is part of the McCormick Foundation and MLB's “Welcome Back Veterans” initiative, will expand clinical and support services provided by Home Base to veterans in New England who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan and suffer from combat- and deployment-related stress issues as well as traumatic brain injury (TBI). Home Base also offers community education about and research into combat stress and TBI.

Since the program was founded in the fall of 2009, Home Base has served veterans and family members mostly from the Greater Boston area. With the help of the grant, Home Base will increase accessibility for veterans beyond Greater Boston through telemedicine. After being evaluated by Home Base caregivers at the MGH, select veterans and family members can receive their ongoing care via appointments and consultations in their home or at a remote telemedicine location.

“Home Base is committed to breaking down barriers to care, like geography, for veterans and their families,” says John Parrish, MD, director of the Home Base Program. “For veterans with combat stress or traumatic brain injury, getting to Boston can compound their stress. This generous grant will remove one obstacle standing in the way of veterans and families getting the care they have earned and desperately need.”

In recognition of all of Home Base’s efforts to support veterans and their families, on July 7, leadership from the Red Sox and Home Base accepted the Seven Seals Award from the Massachusetts Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) during another pregame ceremony at Fenway Park. The Seven Seals Award, named after the seven branches of military service, recognizes an individual or organization that demonstrates leadership and initiative in support of the men and women in the armed forces. It is one of the highest awards given by the ESGR.

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